WALKATHON FOR RIDE 2 RECOVERY, ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER , 8TH FROM 2PM TO ?? AT EAST LAKE TOHO LAKEFRONT PARK TO BENEFIT WOUNDED VETERANS IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY
St. Cloud American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80 and the American Legion Post 80 Family , in observance of Veterans’ Day, will be conducting a Walk-a-Thon on November 8th, 2009 at 2pm at East Lake Toho Lakefront in St. Cloud, FL. Proceeds will benefit wounded veterans who will be bicycling in the Ride 2 Recovery Florida Challenge on December 12-17, 2009 from Tampa to Jacksonville. The group of cyclists includes paraplegics and double-amputees; guys with fractured skulls and gunshot limbs; guys burned beyond recognition. They will average 62 miles per day.
The R2R raises money to support Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at Military and VA locations around the U.S. to help injured veterans overcome obstacles they face. Cycling is an important part of the recovery and rehabilitation program for two reasons:
1.Cycling is an activity that almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate.
2.Participation in the Ride 2 Recovery Program helps speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process.
The conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan has taken a toll on the metal and physical lives of our heroes. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as the physical injuries, burns and loss of limbs lead to an array of problems for the returning troops. The VA has begun to include cycling as an activity within their treatment. Cycling gives these men and women a sense of normalcy, accomplishment, pride, camaraderie, and provides relief from depression and other problems that accompany these issues. Cycling is the one activity that both patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate.
We are asking for minimum pledges of $5.00. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $2,000.00. Please click on the Give Now button at the top or bottom of this page. Debit cards are accepted.
About the American Legion Auxiliary:
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization with nearly 1 million members in 10,100 communities. Auxiliary members are a unique group of women, joined in the fellowship of volunteerism, patriotism and dedicated to veterans, young people and communities.
Charles Swanson American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80 in St. Cloud, FL walked away with high honors at State Convention, June of 2009 receiving the ALA State of Florida prestigious award for “Outstanding Supporting Activities for Children and Youth for the 2008/2009 year (out of approximately 220 units in the State of Florida). We are working earnestly to gain the support of our Community by sponsoring fundraisers in Community Service projects, Children and Youth Programs, Veterans Programs and by supporting our Troops.
Very truly yours,
Marie Eatman-Vice President
Charles Swanson Auxiliary Unit #80
1019 Pennsylvan Ave.
St. Cloud, FL 34769
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